I'm sure that nurses in your facility are unsure about which way to go. Right now, yout employer is probably making things very pleasant for the nurses in general - they want you to think that if you just keep the union away, things will be good, and you'll all be just like a big family. Unfortunately, when the "head of the family" has as much control as hospital administration does, things can change in a heartbeat. If you vote against the union, then administration will really begin to flex their muscles - union organizers will be fired, sympathizers will be intimidated, and overall, controls on the workers will be tightened. Once management feels they are back in power, things will only get worse. When issues of professional practice are of a concern, then I advocate union representation by a nursing union - ie:, a state nursing association. True labor unions may not fully appreciate the issues that face nurses today - staffing levels, care re-design issues, increased use of UAPs, etc.
I have worked in a union facility for almost 30 years. I have witnessed the changes that have come about because of our union. However, it must be remembered - the union is only as strong as the members want it to be. A strong union requires support and participation by ALL of its members. I advise - GO UNION!
Originally posted by akn:
I currently work as an R.N. at a non-union 61 bed hospital. The union is knocking at the door to get in. Our vote to let them in or not is within a month. Emotions are high. There are many issues at this time and I want to be well informed. I am a nurse not a legal person and I am not sure what to think about all this. Some nurses are very much in favor of this and some are not. I would like anyone who is working in a hospital that has gone to union to reply how it is going with all the issues.If you worked there before the union was it better or not? Do hospital adminstrations really listen if the union goes away? I realize the union does not have all the answers but it does seem like a place to start to get organized.Money is not always the issue but all the other perks that are slowly being taken away. I feel if we had good leadership we would not be looking at a union.